Dale's Pale Ale | Oskar Blues Grill & Brew

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Dale's Pale AleDale's Pale Ale

Brewed by:
Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
Colorado, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Photo of puboflyons
3.56/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

From the half-liter can stamped: Canned on [email protected]:11. Sampled on June 15, 2013. So this is reasonably fresh for the style.

The pour is a nice looking copper-amber with a frothy off-white head. Great clarity.

Hops can be be found in the aroma merging with the sweet pale malts, yeast, and toasted bread. Right on for the style.

The body has a pleasant creaminess and falls into the medium range.

The taste is more hop forward than malt forward but both play off each other in a delightful way to give this a fine balanced ale. This is fairly easy to drink and likable. And it's in a can so you can take it to the beach! Enjoy one today.

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Photo of Tyrawlings
3.56/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. Can poured into a pint glass.

A: Deep orange in color. Dense white head pours two fingers thick with good retention. Nice sticky lacing crawls all over the glass.

S: Citrus fruit. Wet earth. Fresh bread. Sweet malts.

T: Grapefruit or citrus flavor with a wet or raw hop presence that gives off a soft bitter bite. Huge wave of sweet caramel malt muscles in and is followed by an earthy flavor. Finishes sweet with a fresh baked bread like aftertaste.

M: Smooth and medium bodied. Moderate carbonation. Refreshing.

D: True session brew. A bit more sweet and malty than most of the pale ales I have tried, but highly quaffable none the less. Worth a try!

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Photo of OldManMetal
3.56/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

This beer is deep amber in color, crystal-clear and sparkling, with a giant, slightly pebbly off-white head that leaves fair rafts of lacing. One the nose, it is moderate in intensity: a fairly straightforward blend of spicy florals and lesser amounts of pine with bready malt notes and faint alcohol undertones. On the palate it presents bitter, spicy hops up front, with some pine, grapefruit and alcohol notes joining in midway; the hops presence largely obscures a slightly-sweet bready malt backbone. The finish is slightly bitter, followed by the onset of a long-lingering hoppy bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium, moderately creamy and peppery from some very present fizzy carbonation. The hops focus here is more on bitterness than flavor/aroma, not so much what I look for in an APA. (12 oz can, 18 days after pkg.)

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.56/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

This seems to be a sweetheart around the forums, I figured I'd try it.

Served in a nonic pint.

Look : Honey colored body, 40% transparent, with a towering cream colored head standing at a full 3 fingers. It leaves dense, snowy, static-y lace on the sides as it recedes, nearly covering the glass like a disease.

Smell : A mixture of tropical and pine, with a little bit of peach infusion. Malts are crackery, fruit winning out once again towards the end.

Taste : Lots of fruit. Peach, apricot, grapefruit, blood orange. Behind that is biscuit malts, a dump of hop oils, finally wrapping up with a sharp note of pine and skin of a plum.

Feel : Creamy, dense, well-lit carbonation, ends unsubstantial.

Overall : Lots of fruit in this IPA, but it doesn't quite come together for me. Malts are not properly balanced, it ends up being a fruit-hop bomb. The fruit makes me crave sweetness, but instead it's chock full of rind bitterness (no surprise there). Overall it tastes off, I'm just not a fan.

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Photo of Ilovesuds
3.56/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I think Pale Ales in a can are really cool. Maybe it's because they make me think of packing up a cooler with lots of ice and heading for the beach.

Anyway, Dale's poured a beautiful, crystal clear gold with a moderate head of thick suds that easily stuck to the glass. Looks promising but the nose dissapoints. No real citrus but rather a yeasty alcohol scent. Mouthfeel was what I enjoy, sudsy. Taste is pine with a carmel malt underneath. Real bitter on the back of the tongue with an aftertaste of "smarties" as another reviewer described it.

Not bad but if I had a choice I would drink something else.

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Photo of SWMeyer4141
3.56/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a solid tumbler

Appearance-A light copper with some yellow hues. Head is about a one finger off white head. Nice retention and very nice lacing. Very appealing.

Smell-Caramel malts, banana, very sweet aroma. Piney, Grapefruit hops.

Taste-Upfront sweet caramel malt, very toasty, biscuity like. Juicy grapefruit and orange hop flavor along with some pine and earthiness. Finish is slightly boozy.

Mouthfeel-Medium bodied, almost full. Pretty big APA. Carbonation was about average.

Overall-Very hoppy Pale Ale, almost an IPA. Pretty good but have had better Pale Ales that are easy to get.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.56/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Canned on 10/13/11.

Pours a slightly murky honey orange with a 2 inch foamy orange-white head that settles to a small cap on top of the beer. Foamy rings of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, caramel, and some herbal and citrus zest hops. Taste is of malt up front with the herbal and citrus zest hops on the finish. There is a mild amount of bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good pale ale but nothing too remarkable.

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Photo of seeswo
3.56/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice looking can leads to a nice appearance score. The nose was faint hops. Not much came through the can though. Regardless, this beer is all about balance and drinkability. The light hop profile mixes perfectly with a light male sweetness to create a distinctly quaffable pale ale that is both hoppy, but also as drinkable as a light lager. The hops are faintly citrusy, with some bitterness that doesn't go overboard. Good carbonation and an easy mouthfeel. I'm very impressed OB. Now, as pale ales go, this is about the opposite of a beer like Hoppy Birthday from Alpine, which is a feat as a low ABV hop bomb. This is more about sitting around the camp fire with a few brews, and as that, it is a winner.

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Photo of kleffman
3.56/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a 6 pack at Whole Foods. Poured into a standard pint glass with a very clear golden color and a small head that dissipated quickly. Smells of sweet malt, maybe some pine, citrus and grassy hops. Flavors of caramel and light sweetness with a malt bitterness up front and some citrus flavors. Sort of one dimensional but nice. Decent light to medium body and easy to drink. Enjoyable, I would probably favor SNPA over this but I'm glad to try it for sure and would definitely get it again.

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Photo of BeerNinja007
3.56/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got a 12oz can from Harvest Fine Wine in West Hartford CT for $1.54. Canned on 08-16-10. True story: as a matter of habit, I reached for my bottle opener. Served cold in a chilled pint glass.

This mostly clear golden brew gives a nice 3/4" if eggshell foam that settles and leaves a nice curtain of lace on the glass. Smell is very faint, can't say I'm able to identify anything more than a little malt. The taste has a great bit of resiny pine and citrus rind hop on a fairly crisp bed of malt. Feel is typical for the style with a fair amount of viscosity and a moderately tingling carbonation. Finishes with lingering hop and a little resiny feel. Now that it has warmed I can detect some candied lemon rind and maybe some florals on the nose.

I feel as I should be drinking this from an aluminum cup in order to preserve the can experience.

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Photo of nhindian
3.55/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz can poured into a Dogfish Head Signature Glass.

A - Pours a hazy, burnt sienna body with a big 2.5-fingered head. Head is cream colored and incredibly rocky with varying topography. Good retention as well and as it dissipates it leaves behind a trail of winding lace.

S - Smell is noticeably hoppy with lots of pine and grapefruit, but also delicately balanced with a supportive malt backbone. As it warms, I could see the citrus taking more of the stage, especially with a resurgence of oranges.

T - The taste, as the nose would lead to believe, is hop-forward, but soon after it passes the tongue it is quickly put in check by the biscuit quality of the malts. The beer ends bitter, however, and the finish is quite long.

M - Mouthfeel is light-bodied with medium carbonation. Sticky with hop resin, this beer leaves a nice coating on the mouth and palate.

D - Drinkability is moderate. Easy-drinking and unoffensive, but as I drank I couldn't help that this beer is just a bit pedestrian. Especially as it warms, the nose becomes more enticing yet the flavors seem to muddle and clash together.

Overall, a decent beer for the price, but don't expect to be blown away or this beer to push any envelopes.

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Photo of ZenAgnostic
3.55/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Canned on 04-04-11 stamped on bottom of can. 12 oz can poured into a pint glass.

Appearance - Slightly offwhite cream head. Good retention and lacing. Slightly hazy amber body.

Smell - Slight sweetness, slight hoppiness. Nothing overly complex.

Taste - Very hoppy. Moderately bitter and slightly sweet front end. Strong lime peel aftertaste that subtracts heavily from the taste and overall drinkability.

Mouthfeel - Light and watery. Not much in the way of body. Pretty good if the intent is to be refreshing.

Overall Drinkability - Not as complex as some of the other ones, and has an overbearing aftertaste. It might work well with a food pairing, but by itself not so much unless you're really in the mood for a lingering hop assault.

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Photo of godmare
3.55/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a slightly clouded deep golden color with a half inch cream head that dissipates into thick lacing. Glass stays laced until it is empty.
S- Light grains, lots of citrus.
T- Crisp and clean with a punched hop bitterness. Finishes pretty cleanly with a bit of hop linger. The more I drink the more the bitterness lingers.
M- Good carbonation, very smooth and balanced.
O- I can see why this has such a strong reputation, but overall a bit too bitter for my tastes.

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Photo of mactrail
3.55/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap at a neighborhood place in east Denver. Back home, out of curiosity I opened a can I had in the fridge. So I"m reviewing the tap version from tonight's notes and comparing with the can in hand.

On the darker side of amber in the pint glass. Lots of malt at first taste, makes for a nice mouthful. Gets quite hoppy the more you drink. Fairly rich with a touch of biscuity malt. Quite bitter with plenty of piney flavors. OK with a couple of spicy shrimp tacos but not something I'd try again.

The can version has more carbonation as you can pour more as you like. Seems to be more of an IPA with the seriously resiny taste. Sharp, an increasingly harsh bitterness, but if that's your style this is full-bodied and straightforward.

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Photo of drunkboxer1
3.55/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a can into the brewery's very own pint glass. Pours a hazy orange/brown color with a small head that leaves a good amount of lacing. Smells fairly inviting as well: fresh American hops. Those hops are very dominate upon tasting. So much so that it may unbalance the beer somewhat. As it warms you get more of the malt sweetness coming through, but it's never quite enough to offset the hops. I've had this a number of times and have always thought that it was more of an IPA than an APA. This tasting has only solidified my opinion.

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Photo of a0lbudman
3.54/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A-Hazy dark gold with a small white head
S-hoppy with a grassy pine aftersmell
T-very hoppy with a bitter aftertaste, pine flavor in the aftertaste that stays with you
M-medium body and medium carbonation
O-good beer I bought a mixed 12 pack looking forward to the rest

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Photo of Weisenbeer
3.53/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Nice. Very nice. Will I drink it if offered to me in a social setting? Yes. Will my heart go "aflutter" when I discover this is all my host has to offer? No. Still, nice. Very nice.

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Photo of gillagorilla
3.53/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz. can poured into a Flying Dog goblet (bottle on 2/18/13)

A: A nice, very clear amber brownish bronze with a strong head that stays for a while. Excellent lacing.

S: Very mild, but strong hop smells of citrus. Little pine or resin.

T: There is an even hop profile but it is a bit odd, which is probably the pale ale part of it. The aftertaste is the same, kind of mutated hop taste that is skewed by the "APA" part of it. I get this kind of warming sensation/taste that I don't get in IPAs, but I can't really place the flavor.

M: Little carbonation with only lots of tiny bubbles that you can feel throughout. Actually almost no carbonation after a bit.

O: I am new to this style and I know people love this beer, but I am not a big fan. You get the hops, but they are tainted and transformed into this weird taste by the "pale" part of it. I don't know how to describe it, but it just tastes like a bad IPA, whose hops have changed their flavor. I know it isn't an IPA, but that is what it reminds me of.

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Photo of u2carew
3.53/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A) Pours with a creamy head. Lacing is sticky and thin. Slightly hazy. Bronze to amber in color.
S) Floral hops. Light caramel aroma. Some earthiness - smells like a wet dog.
T) Mildly sweet in the nose. Then moves to a hop bite with earthy floral notes. Bitter notes linger in the aftertaste.
M) Fizzy. Medium body. Mellow tannin fellow.
D) A Decent PA, but not a standout.

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Photo of cpn920
3.53/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a pale gold as one would expect with a quick dissolving head. Smell is of pale malts and light hops. Taste is balanced with a definite metallic flavor. Adequately carbonated. Drinkability is good if cans are the only option but nothing real special IMO. If I had to choose between any of their other beers that I have tried (Old Chub, Gordon, or Ten Fidy)this would be my last choice.

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Photo of mikeg67
3.53/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Can. Pours slightly hazy orange with a large, long lasting, foamy, white head and a lot of lacing. Aroma is of piney hops and biscuit malt. Medium, smooth body. Citrus fruit, piney hops dominate the palate with sweet, biscuit malt provides some balance. The finish is long and hoppy. At 6.5% abv I would say it is mild, soft IPA.

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Photo of ColoradoBobs
3.53/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Creamy off-white two--finger head tops a clear amber body. Nice looking beer.

Smell is cracker malt under a full but not overbearing load of floral pine and citrus hops. This is definitely a solid APA.

Taste follows the smell exactly, though the pine-bittering hops tend to dominate the malt that's there.

Mouthfeel is where this brew excels: nice and thick without losing its crisp edge.

Drinkability is a bit diminished for me due to the pine-bitter bite, but it's still quite enjoyable. Not the best of the Oskar Blues bunch, but solid and worth a try.

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Photo of sevopie
3.53/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours a solid amber color with a heavy head. Sticks around for a while, nice lacing on the glass.

Smell - Hops. There's a few other things poking through, like a sweet smell I can't put my finger on.

Taste - The hops fade a little bit on tasting, giving way to the malt. If I hadn't read butter from the other reviews, I wouldn't have recognized it right away, but indeed that is what I taste in the middle. Also has that other sweetness I still can't place.

Mouthfeel - Probably needs a little more carbonation to feel right, also the buttery flavor doesn't sit right 100% percent.

Drinkability - Very smooth pale ale, I can definitely go through some of these. not the greatest pale I've had, but I don't feel bad with the money spent on the 12-pack (neat packaging with the cardboard box for the 12-pk of cans as well.)

On revisiting this one, I have noticed what a few others have said... The quality control is bad. Some of these cans produced beer that was hoppier than a lot of IPAs. Some produced a pale that had a smooth butteriness. Overall, I would guess that there were 3 or 4 different batches out of this 12-pack, running the gamut of what the batches would taste like. I knocked a little off of the drinkability for this, as I would like consistency if I'm going to purchase this again.

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Photo of bigdeuce
3.53/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hey, this way pretty good, considering it came out of a can. Easy to drink, a faint weird aftertaste. Goodlooking pour, nice strawberry blonde color and nice lacing. Smells of grapefruit and heavy pale, grainy, malts. Has a nice kick of hops on the back, just lingers a bit. Nice quaff!

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Photo of intensify
3.53/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

ABV is only 6.5 but I poured into a snifter so I could get a nice smell of this canned brew. Poured a heavy 2 finger head which looked like a cloud was resting in the middle even after it had settled a bit. The pour was excellent but the body was a dull and boring honey color. Pine and some orange peel on the nose. Hints of spices and a touch of tangerine. The taste was unique to say the least. I was expecting something plain but instead I got a suprise of small passion fruits as well as a spicyness to balance things out. Small amount of bitterness but nothing overwhelming.
Overall i enjoyed this beer. Good for sessions and could see myself drinking this while playing poker with the pals or at a bbq.

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